The mission of the AFW is to further the professional development of faculty women, by providing:
- a means to network with other women faculty and administrators who share similar interests and concerns.
- career development workshops.
- representation of women faculty issues to various decision-making entities at WSU.
The Commission on the Status of Women is a Presidential Committee that advises on issues related to women. Among other tasks, the commission prepares a report on progress every 5 years. The commission has members from the staff and students as well as from the faculty.
The University received a 5-year $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the recruitment and retention of women faculty members in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Faculty members in 10 departments are specifically targeted by the grant. These departments are housed in the College of Sciences (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences), in the College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences (Biological Systems Engineering), and in the College of Engineering and Architecture (Chemical and Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering and Computer Science at Vancouver).
Women and Leadership Alliance
The Women and Leadership Alliance began in 1993 as monthly gatherings to discuss leadership issues for women at Washington State University. It sponsors annual Outstanding Mentor Awards to give students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to recognize a member of the Washington State University community who has acted as a formal or informal mentor. Men, as well as women, are eligible for nomination as outstanding mentors. One nominee in each category (student, civil service staff, administrative professional staff, teaching faculty, and research faculty) receives the Mentor of the Year award. The alliance also sponsors an e-mail list to foster dialog and exchange ideas concerning women and leadership, and to inform subscribers of leadership development opportunities and activities of interest. To subscribe to the list, provide your information, and type women-leaders as the name of the list.
The Women’s Resource Center assists, supports, and mentors women at Washington State University. It develops programs to celebrate women’s contributions. It actively confronts societal challenges and obstacles through activism and working for change. Its programs address gender, race, class, and their intersections. The Center offers resources and educational programs to members of the university and engages larger constituencies to act as change agents for a more diverse and inclusive educational system.